Friday, May 21, 2010

The Announcement by CLCT for Auditions for State Fair

State Fair Auditions
Auditions for the Canyon Lake Community Theatre’s fall production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “State Fair” will be held at the Lodge on June 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical. Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair.

It’s a pleasant mid-summer in Iowa, where Abel and Melissa Frake are the parents of the teenage Margy and Wayne. Abel wants to enter his pig at the state fair and treats the porker like a king, lavishing more attention on the beast that his wife. Melissa is preparing her locally famous pickles and mincemeat, hoping to win a blue ribbon herself.

At the fair, Wayne falls for Emily, a dance-band singer, and Margy meets Pat, a newspaper reporter. After the obligatory romantic complications, Abel’s pig hogs the show, Melissa’s mincemeat is spiked with brandy and gets the judges tipsy enough to award her the prize, and the couples wind up happy. The story is as light as cotton candy, but everyone has such a good time and rural life seems so sweetly appealing that urbanites flocked to real state fairs after this movie was released.

Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, “State Fair” is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!

Large singing-dancing ensemble consisting of barkers, vendors, judges and fairgoers, as well as many leads.

“We are extremely excited that Bo Linton is directing this wonderful show for our community,” says CLCT President Tish Doll. “Bo a newcomer to Canyon Lake but no stranger to showbiz.” Tish notes that Bo is an accomplished writer, director, actor and producer. He had a costarring part on the Hit NBC prime time series, “JAG.” Shortly after he portrayed Richard Carpenter on the acclaimed “E! True Hollywood Stories” series on “The Karen Carpenter Story.”

He has also appeared in films such as “Red Steel,” “Hot Wired” and “Murder in the Mansion,” in which he was also the production designer. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the feature film “Ronny Camaro and Seven Angry Women,” and most recently had three of his short stories published in “IN! Magazine, Los Angeles.”

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